Xin Tian Di is a Chinese restaurant located in Crown Plaza Galleria Manila. Many Chinese restaurants have been offering unlimited dimsum lunches all over the metro but Dimsum Unlimited at Xin Tian Di boasts of offering the most choices at 59. This spans the usual steamed dimsum, fried dimsum, noodles, congee, desserts and even vegetarian options. I had a chance to try it out a few of weeks ago.
Once you get a table at Xin Tian Di and inform the waitstaff that you’ll be having the Dimsum Unlimited, you’ll be handed a pen and paper with all the dishes listed. You just tick how many pieces of each dimsum you want, to avoid over ordering. Take note that some dishes only come per order. Here are some of the dishes I had and enjoyed.
Steamed Fresh Squid with Garlic. This one has a bit of a spiciness to it so be wary. The fresh taste of the squid pieces is heightened by the plentiful garlic and bits of chili.
Steamed Beancurdskin Roll with Vegetables. This is usually found in the fried section of the dimsum menu but I’m glad for the reduction in oil and calories.
Steamed Duck Wings with Chili Sauce. Don’t let the word chili dissuade you from ordering this, it just has a little kick to complement the more gamey and flavorful duck wings.
Steamed Michael Roll with Radish is a rice roll wrapped around a radish stuffed Chinese cruller. It is then drizzled with the customary light soy sauce. Soft and crispy at the same time, this plays to my preference for varying textures in my food.
The Deep Fried Buns should be a hit with adults and children alike, just dip liberally in the condensed milk.
I found the Glutinous Pork Puff (Ham Sui Kok) a bit too chewy owing to the slightly thicker glutinous covering.
The Steamed Crystal Prawn Dumpling / Ha Kao had nice plump and crisp shrimps encase in just the right wrapper.
Baked Barbecue Pork Stuffed with Apple. The outer wrap is flaky and soft with a nice glistening sheen and a sweet and salty meat filling.
Steamed Pork Ribs in XO sauce is a bit more flavorful than the usual black bean or chili. Either way this is one of my must order dimsum dishes anywhere.
The Salmon Taro Puff is a different take of the classic dimsum. Salmon and salted duck egg replace the usual seafood filling for a nice, strong flavor.
The Chinese Pancake (left) and the Sweet Egg Custard (right) share a virtually identical filling but differ in the covering. One has a fried sesame seed covering while the other is a light dessicated coconut. Whatever you prefer, you won’t go wrong.
One of their quirky desserts has an unappetizing name, Ampalaya Buchi (I hate ampalaya/bitter melon). I was assured that it was just a name. When it came out, it looked exactly like fluffed up mini ampalaya but that’s the extent of their similarities. Split it open and you’ll see the chocolate filling oozing out. It’s a pretty fun dessert once I got over the visuals.
Mention pudding and I almost always will order it, Xin Tian Di has a creamy and jiggly Coffee Pudding that I really enjoyed.
Dimsum Unlimited at Xin Tian Di is available from Monday to Sunday, 11:30am to 2:30pm, for P1,188 nett per person. I quite enjoyed their unique desserts and new takes on dimsum. The price is at par with Shang Palace’s Dimsum Plus but a step lower in quality and service. If you are looking for a unlimited dimsum in the Ortigas area then Xin Tian Di should be your destination if you opt to venture out then there are other options.
Dimsum Unlimited at Xin Tian DiCrowne Plaza Galerria Manila Ortigas Ave. cor. ADB Avenue Quezon City, Philippines Telephone No: (632) 633-7222
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